The Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2012
by Etan Vlessing
“I’m no expert on the MPAA, and there’s lots of big issues, but one thing I realized is there’s a great hypocrisy in allowing films that glorify — and even sexify — violence to get PG and PG-13 ratings time and time and time again,” Hirsch told a Toronto audience after the Canadian premiere of his film. “And for them to then bring down the hammer on a film like this, on behalf of family values, seems to me totally out of whack.”
Hirsch insisted he never imagined Bully would receive an R rating when he was shooting it two years ago.
“Even beyond our premiere, I still hadn’t thought about the rating,” he said. “Then it came up that we might get an R (rating) because of language, and I thought, ‘This is insane.’ “
Then came an appeals process before the MPAA, where The Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein appeared alongside Bully teen Alex Libby.